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Poster: Joe-Man Date: Jun 18, 2009 5:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Help! New to Post - Looking for Opinions

Hello All,

I am looking for your opinion on what are your top 3 favorite Dead Shows/along with the excellent recordings in this Archive?

Thanks in advance to everyone. J-M

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Jun 18, 2009 6:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help! New to Post - Looking for Opinions

Impossible to pick 3. But here are 10 that I keep close at hand. If you like me to email you a Word doc with 1 page on each of 500 shows, 1965-1979, sent a note to the address down below:

1969-04-23 The Ark
Boston
The band is introduced as, "The best fucking rock-and-roll band in the whole world." Performances are great throughout, but Dark Star, The Other One suite, and the jam out of Alligator through Caution are quintessential psychedelic 1969 (including an early Mountain Jam). Also, an exquisite Baby Blue encore. "It does not get any better than this show as far as I am concerned..." - Capn Doubledose.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-04-23.sbd.miller.88501.sbeok.flac16


1970-05-01 Alfred State College w/ New Riders
Alfred, NY
This dates from one day before the fabled Harpur College show (DP8). Set 1 is acoustic. Set 2 is New Riders with Jerry on pedal steel, and Set 3 is electric. Sound quality is impeccable, and both the acoustic and the electric sets are marvelous. Jerry's simply on fire during his solos, and the whole band is enjoying themselves. A phenomenal The Other One suite.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-05-01.sbd.miller.95683.sbeok.flac16

1971-07-02 Fillmore West
"A crystal clear & wonderful show; words cannot do justice." "Among the handful of best '71's," according to Dr. Flashback. Highlights: the 18 minute good lovin' and 20 minute cryptical>drums>other one are called "some of the most inspired versions played during all of 71." The 17 minutes Good Lovin closing set 1 is called one of the "top 5 good lovins of all time. this is pure G.D. rock & roll."
http://www.archive.org/details/gd71-07-02.sbd.backus.11798.sbeok.shnf

1972-09-26 Stanley Theatre
Jersey City, NJ
Very nice sound quality. The first set is upbeat and lively, with funny exchanges with the auidence. The second has an absolutely stunning Playin' -- jazzy, melodic and with very deep psychic reach, and a simlarly beautiful Truckin' that is jammed out for more than 20 mintues before it morphs into a sometimes spacey, atonal The Other One. The concluding songs are gorgeous.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-09-26.sbd.unknown.156.sbeok.shnf

1973-11-11 Winterland
This performance is one of the best, and the sound quality is superb. The first set has lovely mellow versions of the slow tunes, with nice harmonies by Donna. The pace and energy pick up at China > Rider. Everything from Weather Report Suite through the encores shows the band at their peak, including perhaps my favorite Dark Star and Eyes of the World -- as nice an hour and a half of Dead as I've ever heard.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-11-11.sbd.rolfe-miller.83318.sbeok.flac16

1974-10-20 Winterland
The "last one" -- the final show of five at Winterland before their hiatus. This Sept. 2008 edit corrects sound problems that plagued earlier recordings. The sound quality is superb, with good channel separation and everyone clear. The performances, besides being historic, are top-notch, as everyone wondered whether they'd ever play together again. Although all songs are excellent (though Bobby flubs lyrics on Mama Tried), Set Two's uninterrupted 75-minute jam is probably the highlight.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-10-20.sbd.alligator.GEMS.94851.flac16

1975-09-28s Golden Gate Park
This has too many highlights to list; it's from the middle of the 18-month period when they weren't touring. This was a free concert in the park. One reviewer refers to a woman having a baby or in labor in the crowd. Fabulous performances, excellent sound quality, and lots of stage banter.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd75-09-28.sbd.bertha-ashley.22257.sbeok.shnf

1976-06-09m Music Hall, Boston
This is a delicate masterpiece rather than a rockin' barn burner, which "sounds better than some offical releases from the DP series." It has a lovely Music Never Stopped and Crazy Fingers; and exquisite Saint Stephen -> Eyes to open the second set.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd76-06-09.matrix.chappell.29323.sbeok.flac16

1977-05-08m Barton Hall, Cornell Univ
Ithaca, NY
This is considered by many to be the best show the band ever performed; I think it probably deserves its reputation. A Betty Board was long available; this is the matrix version integrating two high-generation audience recordings with it (see notes). Many people think this Scarlet>Fire is the definitive version.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd77-05-08.matrix.dan.26856.sbeok.flacf

1978-10-22 Winterland
The last of five shows given right after they returned from Egypt. The performances are fierce and energetic, and the sound quality superb. The tunings, comments by Bill Graham ("only ones who do what they do"), and banter are all retained.
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1978-10-22.sbd.miller.92567.sbeok.flac16

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This post was modified by Dhamma1 on 2009-06-19 01:18:20

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Jun 18, 2009 6:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help! New to Post - Looking for Opinions

My failure to list Lindley Meadows is appalling. I should be banned.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1975-09-28.fob.menke-falanga.motb-0069.91770.flac24

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Poster: Joe-Man Date: Jun 18, 2009 6:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help! New to Post - Looking for Opinions


Thanks. This is great stuff! ....been sitting here doing the quick listen. Moved overseas 8 years ago and before leaving gave my +300 collection away and have been regretting dearly. Now all well!

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Poster: Joe-Man Date: Jun 18, 2009 7:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help! New to Post - Looking for Opinions


One other I have been trying to track down since I have my collect away years back. Can't remember the year (between '72-75) Barton Hall at Cornell U. It was a soundboard/audience composite. I just remember it was a killer show and sorry I have ever gave it away.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jun 18, 2009 8:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help! New to Post - Looking for Opinions

JM: really like d's top ten above!

Early era additions, now that you have the knack for finding them, I won't provide the links:

10-12-68
12-29-68
4-5-69
9-19-70
8-6-71

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jun 18, 2009 9:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help! New to Post - Looking for Opinions

Cornell U, being a famous show, has many versions on the site. Can't vouch for any audience recordings, but I'm sure someone else can - and this is probably a version of the composite (matrix) you are talking about. At least you can listen to it:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1977-05-08.mtx.dan.29511.flac16

On top of that, you got plenty of recommendations, so I'll only plug my own personal favorite show: early 80's arena Dead at quite a peak. You can listen to a super-clean soundboard (the first link), or download either of two ridiculously high-quality audience recordings. Enjoy!

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-03-09.sbd.miller.74220.sbeok.flac16

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-03-09.nak700.rolfe.miller.95060.sbeok.flac16

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-03-09.nak700.glassberg.motb.82373.sbeok.flac24

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Poster: Joe-Man Date: Jun 18, 2009 9:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help! New to Post - Looking for Opinions

Thanks for the info. on the '81 shows.

The Barton Hall? '73 is still an enigma to me? The '77 show is great!

The earlier show had a kick ass version of Truckin>Jam>Truckin in the second set.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Jun 18, 2009 10:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help! New to Post - Looking for Opinions

Ah, sorry! I'm no help to you there: I assumed you were wrong about the year ... but I suspect you may be wrong about the venue instead. I'm pretty sure they only played there in 1977 and 1981. The 81 one has a great short jam between Truckin and Stella Blue. It's a jammy second set, in fact, by 81 standards. There are some good auds of this one, too:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-05-16.sbd.miller.30647.sbeok.flac16

There is a guy on here who will probably identify your show if you come up with a few more songs in sequence ... but I am not that guy!

Happy listening!

This post was modified by fenario80 on 2009-06-19 05:36:25

This post was modified by fenario80 on 2009-06-19 05:47:58

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Poster: Joe-Man Date: Jun 20, 2009 4:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help! New to Post - Looking for Opinions


Download this show and listened yesterday afternoon walking around the streets of Shanghai. The Chinese must have thought I was crazy dancing and bopping down the street. Thanks for this recommendation--this is a gem.

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Poster: The Other One The Middle One Date: Jun 20, 2009 12:28pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help! New to Post - Looking for Opinions

Joe-Man,
Fenario80 lead you astray, not. The One you seek is not F80; the One you seek has spoken already.

You must fan the flame--you must turn the spark in the ember into THE LIGHT INTO ASHES!!

TOOTMO

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Poster: Joe-Man Date: Jun 18, 2009 11:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help! New to Post - Looking for Opinions


Thanks. I think your right, I have the venue wrong and need for info. I know from the sound that Jerry was using his pre-80's guitar and pre-Godchaux's

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Poster: Joe-Man Date: Jun 18, 2009 6:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help! New to Post - Looking for Opinions


Thanks! Looks like I will be busy for the next few days. I will send you an email separately. JM

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Jun 19, 2009 3:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help! New to Post - Looking for Opinions

next few days?? ha ha ha

make it next few years or even better, forever. actually u can never leave here. i know, i tried

suppose u want 2 download and burn. try this gem
http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-12-02.aud.vernon.17278.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Joe-Man Date: Jun 19, 2009 8:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help! New to Post - Looking for Opinions


So much for GD Radio

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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jun 19, 2009 7:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help! New to Post - Looking for Opinions

2/22/69 - Dream Bowl, Vallejo, CA

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-02-22.sbd.vernon.5206.shnf

If for no other reason than Mountains of the Moon.

But the rest of the show is pretty kick ass as well.

Dark Star and Eleven are epic.

And now for the real outlier - 12/19/94. The last show I saw. Admittedly, I'm not sure if the source of the magic is because it was my last show..........

http://www.archive.org/details/gd94-12-19.sbd.vernon.20712.sbeok.shnf

Everything that is and was Jerry is agonizingly reflected in Days Between. Quite possibly the most plaintive and emotional show I saw - my wife commented after Days, "Jerry is dying onstage, and he knows it." Fitting that the show ended with Brokedown Palace.

I have limited time in the 90s, but this is a Top 3 show for me.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Jun 19, 2009 8:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help! New to Post - Looking for Opinions

3 from each of us Right?

I'm going to stick with AUDs as they are downloadable

5/1/81 is pretty sweet
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-05-01.fob.wagner.motb-0074.92415.flac16

7/1/73
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-07-01.fob.kaslow-todd.motb-0055.88608.flac24

1/7/79 "He kicked my Eye & blacked my Dog":
http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-01-07.nak300-wagner.miller.87739.flac16

P.S.
The one I'm listening to now - thanks to Old_NJ_Head_Zimmer recommendation
http://www.archive.org/details/gd83-06-18.senn421.nawrocki.14411.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: edgehead 2 Date: Jun 19, 2009 8:44am
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This show gives me serious wood. e

7-29-88

http://www.archive.org/details/gd88-07-29.aud.hayum.5395.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Bob Gnarley Date: Jun 18, 2009 6:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help! New to Post - Looking for Opinions

Here's a few suggestions,

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1974-07-19.sbd.gans-finney.217.sbeok.shnf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-12-18.sbd.miller.97511.sbeok.flac16

http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-08-21.sbd.hamilton.150.sbeok.shnf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd71-11-14.sbd.miller.23568.sbeok.shnf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1969-12-31.sbd.miller.95420.sbeok.flac16

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1970-05-01.sbd.miller.95683.sbeok.flac16

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1968-10-12.sbd.miller.86759.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: spacedface Date: Jun 19, 2009 12:41am
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These are fine if somewhat arbitrary:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd68-08-21.sbd.cotsman.17355.sbeok.shnf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd72-08-27.sbd.orf.3328.sbeok.shnf

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-09-28.sbd.miller.94268.sbeok.flac16


PLUS these possible substitutes for those just listed but already released:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1972-05-26.sbd.waddell.89641.sbeok.flac16

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1973-11-14.sbd.miller.79049.flac16

http://www.archive.org/details/gd73-12-06.sbd.kaplan-fink-hamilton.4452.sbeok.shnf


And there is no substitute for this Dark Star weave (Dick's Picks 16):
http://www.archive.org/details/gd69-11-08.sbd.wise.82.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Jun 18, 2009 6:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Help! New to Post - Looking for Opinions

Many of the best show are not here, but 3 of my current favorite LMA recordings:


A great 71 show, and one of the all-time great AUDs

http://www.archive.org/details/gd71-08-06.aud.bertrando.yerys.129.sbeok.shnf


Possibly a top 10 ever show, soon to be guillotined

http://www.archive.org/details/gd74-06-18.sbd.sacks.209.sbefail.shnf


A very solid 1980 show

http://www.archive.org/details/gd80-11-30.sbd-aud.sacks.2416.sbeok.shnf

edit - must toss this in there as well. Jerry never quite nailed Crazy Fingers vocally, but this is why it might have been one of his greatest creations (track 2)

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1975-02-28.sbd.smith.93779.sbeok.flac16

This post was modified by Death&Mercy on 2009-06-19 01:02:10

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Poster: Joe-Man Date: Jun 19, 2009 10:25pm
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I have agree this '71 is one of the best I ever heard. Any others like this out there for downloading?

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Poster: Death&Mercy Date: Jun 20, 2009 5:36am
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For 1978, you need this one. Possibly the best AUD I have ever heard

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1978-12-16.sonyecm250-no-dolby.walker-scotton.miller.82212.sbeok.flac16

A fine AUD of Dicks Picks 5, a great show

http://www.archive.org/details/gd1979-12-26.sonyECM250.walker-scotton.miller.89187.sbeok.flac16

And for 1980, the famous Alligator Alley tape

http://www.archive.org/details/gd80-11-29.wise.sacks.2409.sbeok.shnf

And make sure you have the brilliant AUD from the '75 show I listed above.